Information on some of the common Indian ingredients and mixtures. The articles describe the ingredients, how you might use them and how to buy them and store them.
The articles will give the common name in India, usually in Hindi, links to reference material and the botanical name of the ingredient. Several entries point to our homemade recipes. Making some of these ingredients at home is much better than the store-bought alternative.
Chickpeas are used in snacks, salads and dals. They are the basic ingredient in besan, a gluten-free flour used extensively in Indian cuisine. Some of our favourite recipes in this book feature chickpeas, or besan.
Dried mango powder, or amchur, is a spice made by grinding dried mangoes. It is a beige powder with a honey-like fragrance and a sour fruity flavour. It is used to add a fruit flavour without adding moisture or as a souring agent.